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  • Inland extent of the Weddell Sea Rift imaged by new aerogeophysical data

    first_imgThe Weddell Sea Rift was a major focus for Jurassic extension and magmatism during the early stages of Gondwana break-up and underlies the Weddell Sea Embayment, which separates East Antarctica from a collage of crustal blocks in West Antarctica. Newly-collected aerogeophysical data over the catchments of Institute and Möller ice streams reveal the inland extent of the Weddell Sea Rift against the Ellsworth-Whitmore block and a hitherto unknown major left-lateral strike slip boundary between East and West Antarctica. Aeromagnetic and gravity anomalies define the regional subglacial extent of Proterozoic basement, Middle Cambrian rift-related volcanic rocks, Jurassic intrusions and sedimentary rocks of inferred post-Jurassic age. 2D and 3D magnetic depth-to-source estimates were used to help constrain joint magnetic and gravity models for the region. The models reveal that Proterozoic crust similar to that exposed at Haag Nunataks, extends southeast of the Ellsworth Mountains to the margin of the Coastal Basins. Thick granitic Jurassic intrusions are modelled at the transition between the Ellsworth-Whitmore block and the thinner crust of the Weddell Sea Rift and within the Pagano Shear Zone. The crust beneath the inland extension of the Weddell Sea Rift is modelled as being either ~ 4 km thinner compared to the adjacent Ellsworth-Whitmore block or as underlain by an up to 8 km thick mafic underplate.last_img read more

  • News story: Algorithm research builds on work in digital markets

    first_img can algorithms aid ‘personalised pricing’, where customers are shown different prices for the same products, based on factors like their browsing history? can they aid price fixing, where two or more companies collude together to raise their prices to customers? The research increases the CMA’s expertise at a time of widespread scrutiny of pricing algorithms and how they interact with competition law.Pricing algorithms are commonplace online and used regularly by businesses. The research posed key questions, including:center_img Whilst there was little evidence of companies using algorithms to show personalised prices, the study did find that they were sometimes used to change the order in which products are shown to shoppers. It also found that algorithms can be used to help implement illegal price fixing and, under certain circumstances, could encourage the formation of cartels. However, the risk of algorithms colluding without human involvement is currently less clear.In compiling the research, the CMA examined a wide range of literature and gathered information from firms offering legal price setting services. It also conducted online mystery shopping tests across various websites.The findings will now be used to inform work across the CMA’s portfolio, as it continues to expand its expertise in the digital sector.Read the pricing algorithms research paper in full.last_img read more

  • Former Motörhead Guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke Has Died At Age 67

    first_imgThis morning, the music world is saddened by the loss of former Motörhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke. Clarke was the last remaining member of the “classic” Motörhead lineup, following the deaths of Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor and Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister in late 2015.[Photo via Official Motorhead Facebook]As the band confirmed via an official Facebook post on their Facebook page this morning, “We are devastated to pass on the news we only just heard ourselves earlier tonight…Edward Allan Clarke–or as we all know and love him Fast Eddie Clarke–passed away peacefully yesterday. Ted Carroll (who formed Chiswick Records) made the sad announcement…that Fast Eddie passed peacefully in hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia.” Fast Eddie was 67 years old.Fast Eddie joined Motörhead  in 1976, soon after the band was founded by Lemmy and Philthy. Fast Eddie’s time in Motorhead produced some of the band’s biggest hits, including “Ace of Spades” and “Bomber”. He left Motorhead in 1982 and later formed the band Fastway.As fellow former Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell notes in the post, “Just heard the sad news that Fast Eddie Clarke has passed away. Such a shock, he will be remembered for his iconic riffs and was a true rock n’ roller.”Adds latter-day Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee, “Oh my fucking god, this is terrible news, the last of the three amigos. I saw Eddie not too long ago and he was in great shape. So this is a complete shock. Me and Eddie always hit it off great. I was looking forward to seeing him in the U.K. this summer when we come around with the Scorpions…Now Lem [Lemmy Kilmister] and Philthy [Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor] can jam with Eddie again, and if you listen carefully I’m sure you’ll hear them, so watch out!!! My thoughts go out to Eddie’s family and close ones.”Watch Eddie’s solo segment and commentary about the iconic “Ace of Spades” riff from the Ace of Spades DVD extras below, via MotörheadBander on YouTube:Rest in peace, Fast Eddie. Give our regards to Lemmy and Philthy…[Cover photo via Sky News]last_img read more

  • J.E.D.I. Announces Northeast Run With The Disco Biscuits’ Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner

    first_imgAaron Johnston, drummer for Brazilian Girls, is taking his J.E.D.I. (Jazz Electronic Dance Improvised) project on the road this spring. For the upcoming four-night Spring Equinox Tour, both bassist Marc Brownstein and keyboardist Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits will join Johnston. The trio recently got together for a late-night throwdown post-Biscuits in Albany this past November, and have decided to hit the road for a three-night run. The group will blend a myriad of musical elements from a diverse range of genres including jazz, afrobeat, dub, funk, dance and more to create a “live music abstraction” each night of the tour.The project has seen a rotating cast of musicians such as Michael Kang (The String Cheese Incident), Borahm Lee (Pretty Lights / Break Science), Dominic Lalli (Big Gigantic), Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce), Eddie Roberts (The New Mastersounds), Nate Edgar (The Nth Power), and more join the accomplished musician over the course of the past two years, since J.E.D.I. made its initial debut.Brooklyn, NY-based space-funk/psych-rock outfit Escaper will support J.E.D.I at Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT on March 21st, and Putnam Place in Saratoga Springs, NY on March 23rd. J.E.D.I.’s show at Metronome in Burlington, VT will be a special “Evening With” performance. According to Johnston, the group will also play a yet-to-be-announced show on Wednesday, March 20th. More on that to come.The Brazilian Girls co-founder, drummer, and Grammy Award nominee, who was a member of the wildly successful David Byrne tour last year, has a long list of friends to call upon for the project, which marks a long-time dream coming into fruition. When asked about J.E.D.I., Johnston explained, “It’s for us and the crowd. An opportunity for us to connect on stage with our friends—who we are fortunate enough to have some of the top musicians around today—and play the music we want to play and experiment with and hopefully really connect with the crowd.”Johnston will also lead a group of J.E.D.I.’s at consisting of Michael Kang (SCI), Jason Hann (SCI), Ashish Vyas (Thievery Corporation), and Borahm Lee (Break Science / Pretty Lights) at the previously announced The Big Melt event in Denver, CO on Saturday, April 13th. That event will also feature performances from Eric Krasno & Friends, Dominic Lalli’s Bluebird Quintet, and The Purple Party (a tribute to Prince).J.E.D.I. Spring Equinox Tour3/20 Wed – ???3/21 Thu – Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT* (Tickets)3/22 Fri – Metronome – Burlington, VT (Tickets)3/23 Sat – Putnam Place – Saratoga Springs, NY* (Tickets)* w/ EscaperView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

  • College’s jazz concert to benefit non-profit

    first_imgSaint Mary’s students and faculty looking to jazz up their fall schedules are in luck tonight. A jazz benefit concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the O’Laughlin Auditorium.  Proceeds from the performance will benefit Children of Abraham, a nonprofit organization that sends medical supplies to impoverished countries around the world.   Children of Abraham has provided more than $60 million in aid to medical clinics and hospitals serving the “poorest of the poor,” said David Schrader, vice president of the Board of Directors for Children of Abraham. The organization aids 29 nations, and its most recent efforts have primarily focused on assisting Haiti. In addition to providing aid to countries in need, Children of Abraham aims to unite different religious groups in communities. “Muslims have paid for shipments to Christian hospitals, and vice versa. Jews and Muslims have worked together to provide for relief in Haiti through a Christian organization,” said Schrader. Christopher Sallak, patron services and marketing manager for Saint Mary’s, said the concert will be another opportunity for Saint Mary’s students to continue their history of serving the community and those in need. “Partnering with Children of Abraham for this benefit concert is a great opportunity for our student body to support another faith-based organization and their recent work in Haiti,” Sallak said. Tonight’s concert will feature music by popular jazz artists Bryan Lubeck, David Wells and the Jim Pickley Trio. Lubeck, a Latin guitarist, is featured on WNUA 95.5 radio in Chicago. His album “Acoustic Vineyard,” released in 2004, blends his Latin guitar with an urban-sounding band, creating a more modern sound. On the flugelhorn and trumpet, Wells released eight CDs and has been featured in Christian music magazines.  He has also appeared on the BET Station’s show “Studio Jams”. The Jim Pickley Trio, which plays every Sunday at a Michiana church, has been performing for more than 20 years. “Children of Abraham should be supported because we save lives.  Simple as that,” said Schrader. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for faculty members.last_img read more

  • Experts discuss United States-North Korea Vietnam summit

    first_imgOn the same day President Donald Trump met with North Korean leadership and Kim Jong-Un at a summit in Vietnam, Sean King, an East Asia expert, and George Lopez, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., professor emeritus of peace studies, held an open discussion on the subject of U.S. and North Korea relations at the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. Patrick Deegan, director of undergraduate studies for the Liu Institute for Asia & Asian Studies, facilitated the talk, which was also available via live stream. The talk began with opening remarks from King and Lopez on their thoughts about the Hanoi summit, the second public meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-Un after the two world leaders met for a summit in Singapore in June of 2018. “I think he wants to be the president who can say he ended the Korean War,” King said. King and Lopez fielded questions from those in attendance revolving around the history of the Korean War, North Korea’s efforts with nuclear weapons, fact-checking the president and their outlook on both summits. “By leaving [the Trans-Pacific Partnership], Trump weakened U.S. influence in Asia at the expense of strengthening mainland China,” Lopez said. King echoed Lopez’s sentiments, noting that leaving the partnership might make U.S. allies nervous and embolden North Korea.“Suspending military exercises in South Korea for eight months, it makes people question the U.S. and its alliances in Asia,” he said. “Kim Jong-Un can taste that.”When asked about the potential consequences of President Trump pulling American Troops from South Korea, King said “it would open the door for China to expand.”  Talking points on the U.S. and North Korean relations revolved around President Trump and his dealings with North Korean leadership. King said he categorizes his outlook as “openly pessimistic,” after telling Bloomberg in April that he was “cautiously pessimistic.” Lopez said Trump’s shortcomings in appointing strong ambassadors may have played a role in the current administration’s struggles in international relations. “[It’s a] lax attitude with appointing ambassadors to major allies,” he said. “[We’re] weak in that regard.” While most of the discussion revolved around relations between the U.S. and North Korea, the event also touched upon the geopolitical context of East Asia. King said he had little confidence in Trump’s ability to hold out against mounting economic pressure from China.“Trump will choke on the trade battle with mainland China,” he said.King and Lopez attempted to clarify the goal of this most recent meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-Un. Lopez said the summit ultimately has shallow aims.“It’s been made aware a number of issues were not on the table for discussion,” Lopez said. “This is not a negotiation, not a summit in the traditional sense. It’s a photo opportunity. There was simply not enough done by advance teams to anticipate nuclear or military resolutions.” King said the Trump administration may broach the topics of a peace declaration and relief from targeted sanctions against North Korea, but he does not believe it is currently possible to achieve true peace on the Korean Peninsula.“The conditions for peace do not exist,” King said. Instead, King said an agreement of mutual non-aggression is more likely. Still, King said efforts for any sort of peace-related treaty may end up being “a slippery slope” and a “North Korean trap.” Tags: Donald Trump, Global politics, Kim Jong Un, North Korea, Peace Studies, Peace Summit, Vietnamlast_img read more

  • Miner BHP confirms plans to exit thermal coal sector

    first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Sydney Morning Herald:The head of mining giant BHP has laid out plans for a reshaping of its global operations by seeking to quit thermal coal mining, offload some coking coal mines and reduce its stake in oil and gas.Repositioning the company for a lower-carbon future, BHP chief executive Mike Henry on Tuesday confirmed it was examining options to divest from its Mt Arthur mine in NSW and the Cerrejon project in Colombia, both of which mine thermal coal – the kind used in power stations. Mr. Henry surprised investors by adding that BHP also intended to exit the BHP-Mitsui Coal joint venture, which mines coking coal – used in steelmaking – in Queensland, and would also seek to find a buyer for its 50 per cent holding in the Gippsland Basin oil and gas fields off Victoria’s coast.The announcements were made as BHP, the world’s biggest miner, revealed an underlying profit of $US9.1 billion ($12.6 billion) for the financial year on the back of sky-high prices for iron ore. But the profit fell short of analysts’ expectations of $US9.4 billion.Thermal coal is the world’s most carbon-intensive energy source and the focus of rising investor pressure amid concerns surrounding its contribution to global warming. Rio Tinto, the nation’s second-largest miner, has already removed all exposure to thermal coal.Mr Henry said BHP would seek to exit the thermal and coking coal assets through either a demerger or a trade sale, while retaining its holdings in higher-quality coking coal mines. BHP would seek to grow its exposure to “future-facing” commodities, primarily copper and nickel – ingredients Mr Henry said would be increasingly required in the manufacture of green-energy technologies.BHP’s top earner, iron ore, accounted for 66 per cent of its full-year earnings. The price of the commodity has defied predictions it is overdue for a fall and has recently surged above $US120 a tonne amid robust demand from Chinese steel mills and softer output from other exporters such as Brazil’s Vale, which has faced COVID-19 disruptions. Elevated prices of iron ore, Australia’s most valuable export, have also provided a boost to the federal budget.[Nick Toscano]More: BHP seeks buyers for coal mines, oil fields in portfolio shake-up Miner BHP confirms plans to exit thermal coal sectorlast_img read more

  • Republican Rhoads Wins Nassau Legislative Seat

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Republican Steven Rhoads beat Democrat Rita Kestenbaum in a special election Tuesday to fill the 19th Nassau County legislative district seat left vacant when former Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick) resigned.Rhoads, a personal injury attorney who had twice tried to unseat Denenberg, beat Kestenbaum, a former Hempstead town councilwoman, by a margin of 58 to 41 percent out of more than 5,600 votes cast, according to unofficial votes tallied by the Nassau County board of elections. Both are from Bellmore.“I am very honored that our community has elected me as their representative in the Nassau County Legislature,” Rhoads said in a Facebook post. “Earning your trust, confidence, and support is extremely humbling and an honor for which I will always be grateful.”The GOP majority in the Nassau legislature is now just one seat shy of a super majority of 13 votes—they now have 12 of the 19 legislative seats. That margin would enable Republicans to approve borrowing measures without needing Democratic support.Last month, Republican James D. Kennedy, the son-in-law of the late Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt (R-Massapequa), handily beat Democrat Joseph Stufano in a special election to fill the 12th Nassau County legislative district seat left vacant when one-term Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa), the son of Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, was elected in November to fill the 8th New York State Senate seat, which former Sen. Charles Fuschillo (R-Merrick) vacated a year prior.Denenberg had resigned after pleading guilty to charging more than $2 million worth of legal services over eight years that he never provided.A third special election will be held on March 31 in Suffolk’s 12th Legislative District to fill the seat held by former Legis. John M. Kennedy Jr. (R-Nesconset), who won his bid to become Suffolk County comptroller in November. Kennedy’s 58-year-old wife, Leslie, a longtime aide who ran her husband’s office, will be running for the seat herself.Kennedy’s Democratic challenger, Deborah Monaco, 55, is reportedly not going to run “an active campaign,” according to Suffolk County Democratic Chairman Rich Schaffer, due to time constraints and other factors. She has been the secretary of the Suffolk Democratic Committee and has a job at the Suffolk Board of Elections. Republicans outnumber Democrats in this district, too.—With Spencer Rumseylast_img read more

  • ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’: TV Adaptation Revives Horror Classic

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Fans of the horror classic Evil Dead were rewarded the biggest treat of them all Halloween night when Starz premiered Ash vs Evil Dead, a 10-episode revival of the ’80s cult film that made it cool to appreciate the undearly departed long before the arrival of The Walking Dead and similarly themed projects jumped on board the zombie-fright bandwagon.For Evil Dead loyalists, it was the perfect night cap, one that offered a nostalgic trip to the gory past and a bloody feast to feed our ever-present primal urges.One-handed Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) returned to the revived horror series the same way many long-time fans probably did: much older and out of shape. And he had a lot of ground to cover in a short amount of time.Campbell produced this reboot after years of sequel rumors had kept the cult-followers’ cinematic hopes alive. This new television adaption takes place 30 years after Ash Williams had last battled the bad ones. Viewers unfamiliar with Evil Dead, originally written and directed by Sam Raimi, may recognize Campbell from USA’s more recent hit drama Burn Notice. For Campbell’s role as producer, finding Starz–a network tolerant of carnage and mayhem–may not have been as challenging artistically as recapping a 23-year-old plot to the uninitiated. Campbell had to bridge the gap separating the first three installments–The Evil Dead (1981), Evil Dead II (1987), and The Army of Darkness (1992)–and keep those fans satisfied while hoping to snare new ones to the cause.The last time Ash kicked undead butt, he found himself trapped in 1300 A.D. and drank a magic potion to sleep for thousands of years until he could return home to the present. Or, if you prefer the alternate ending, Ash overslept for thousands of years and awoke in a post-apocalyptic future. Neither ending has much relevance to the current series. While Ash’s waistline has widened, not much else has changed.In this version, the time-traveling hero sets out for his annual survival celebration by “getting blackout drunk” and shagging trashy women in foul bar bathrooms. Later, equally intoxicated, he attempts to impress one particularly poetry-crazy lady by reciting incantations from the Sumerian Book of the Dead, and by doing so, Ash unwittingly summons the living dead—all while he is totally stoned out of his mind and his long-term memory of ancient texts is still intact.As you can probably tell, Ash vs. Evil Dead doesn’t take itself too seriously, and acknowledges itself for what it is: a horror comedy.In one moment Ash may battle the strangling hands of a demonic baby doll and in another he’s tossed around effortlessly by a possessed old lady. Ash is also locked and loaded with such one-liners as: “They’re coming in all right, and it ain’t for Shabbat dinner.” To top that off, as Ash dives through the air, he fastens a chainsaw to his outstretched stump of a hand—hacked off during the first movie, for those who don’t know the sad tale–and beheads that same possessed old lady.Watching the headless corpse twitch and jerk after the blood-soaked blades of Ash’s chainsaw have cut her to the quick, few words come to mind.Ash summarizes it thusly: “Groovy.”Sure, it’s silly, but who’d argue with Ash? For what it’s worth, the new series brings an unexpected deeper focus on his character. We got to know him better—an irresponsible loser driving a run-down car back and forth from his bullet-shaped silver trailer house to his dead-end job as a stock boy. Ash has nothing going for him, so the first episode is about Ash embracing the chainsaw-wielding demon-slayer he once was, which happens rather quickly in this fast-paced bloodbath.The action and comedy are supported by Ash’s coworkers: the awkward “nobody” Pablo (Ray Santiago) and Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo), who want to find out why her deceased mom is back from the grave. Other character intros are left unexplained for now, such as demon-survivor deputy sheriff Amanda Fisher (Jill Marie Jones) or the mysterious Ruby (Lucy Lawless, Xena: Warrior Princess), but we’ve got many more gory episodes to go before everything unfolds–20 in all, if you count Starz’s green light for a second season.Ash vs. Evil Dead is pretty straightforward: demons, action and laughs. With so many film-to-television adaptions (Minority Report, Limitless, Fargo), Ash vs. Evil Dead’s long-awaited return will not disappoint audiences already “terrorized” by dead-centric shows like The Walking Dead. This first episode boasts a reborn Ash doing what he does best with a chainsaw, and viewers can expect more awesome Saturday nights filled with slashing blood-fests like this one.(Photo credit: Starz/Facebook)last_img read more

  • Glenwood Avenue in Binghamton open following construction

    first_imgThe project was funded through the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The city of Binghamton announced the reopening of Glenwood Avenue Thursday. The portion between Brown and Clinton streets was closed to allow for construction of a storm water pumping station beneath the railroad viaduct.center_img Construction started March 2.last_img